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The Creative Personality in Search of a Theory

Smith, Gudmund LU (2008) In Creativity Research Journal 20(4). p.383-390
Abstract
The study of creativity needs a theory of personality as its backbone. Several alternatives are reviewed. Psychoanalysis is deemed unserviceable because of its lack of an integrated theory of perception. A useful theory of personality should be process-oriented and avoid substance concepts like traits. It may still borrow a number of fruitful constructs from its predecessors. One such, often debated, construct is regression (reconstruction). Adaptive versus nonadaptive defenses, also originally borrowed from psychoanalysis, are helpful for understanding why creative inclinations may be either furthered or hindered. Even the implications of measurement are explored and alternatives to present batteries suggested.
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Creativity Research Journal
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1040-0419
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10.1080/10400410802391645
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  author       = {Smith, Gudmund},
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  language     = {eng},
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  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Creativity Research Journal},
  title        = {The Creative Personality in Search of a Theory},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10400410802391645},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2008},
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